posted on 18 January 2013

Wakefield Wildcats head coach Richard Agar has revealed prop Oliver Wilkes has suffered a setback in his preparations for the start of Super League.

Oliver Wilkes suffered a setback against Featherstone.

The number 16 made his first appearance of the pre-season campaign in the 38-10 victory over Featherstone last Sunday but suffered a thumb injury. Wilkes is set to miss the visit to St. Helens on Sunday along with Vince Mellars and captain Danny Kirmond and Agar has been speaking to the Wakefield Express.

“Oliver Wilkes has had some dreadful injury luck,” said Agar.

“He’s broken a bone in his thumb, but it’s not the same injury that kept him out before.

“He has a splint on and he’ll be out for two to three weeks. Hopefully we can get him ready for the Doncaster game but if not he should be fine for Round 1.”

Kirmond and Mellars miss the game through groin niggles and have been replaced in this week’s squad by the returning Andy Raleigh and Frankie Mariano.

Wakefield’s weekly paper also brings news on any possible future recruitment at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium as Agar also discusses how first team training has been difficult with the freezing cold temperatures in West Yorkshire.

Page 4 has an article on Wildcats winger Ben Cockayne and the work he does for the Flushdyke Boarding Kennels in Ossett. The 29-year-old has had a connection with Flushdyke for a number of years and has recently donated nine sets of do good and his time to the worthy cause.

The City’s newspaper also has an article on the Loveable Rogues performing at the first home game of the season against Hull KR and promoting the adult and child ticket offer.

There are plenty of reasons to buy Friday’s edition of the paper with extensive Wildcats news for just 85p. Next week there will be even more demand for the paper which is undergoing a rebrand and a brand new look and outlook for 2013. Two full pages of junior sport will appear in your paper every week along with a relaunched entertainment guide amongst many changes and a fresh new look.

This is Wakefield. Together We Are Stronger.

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